By Edmond Y. Azadian
All signs indicate that the forthcoming Nuclear Security Summit, to be held in Washington DC on April 12-13, will also serve as a forum for a meeting between President Sargisian and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, refereed by President Barack Obama.
Some 40 foreign heads of state will converge on the nation’s capital under the main theme of nuclear security, but each nation has its specific agendas, taking prominence over the main topic.
Much more is discussed on the margins of similar convocations than in the main gatherings.
It will be nine years since an Armenian president has officially visited Washington. This visit by Sargisian is not a state visit, yet the fact that the host is the US President, causes the visit to be bathed in the aura of just such a visit.
Armenia and Turkey have their own particular agendas, which the US government has agreed to review. The Obama administration has even encouraged their participation. Until recently, Mr. Erdogan had not committed publicly, awaiting the evolution of events in Washington, following the March 4 vote at the Foreign Affairs Committee adopting House Resolution 252, which had angered Ankara, thus causing the latter to resort to its traditional tactics of recalling its ambassador for “consultations.”